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SPA-096 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course

Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (0) Topics vary by section. Repeatable.

SPA-096-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Core Princ of Data Visualiztn
Core Principles of Data Visualization (0) This course provides a well-rounded introduction to the field of data visualization and presentation design. It introduces students to different graphic types and purposes, provides instruction on creating and giving more effective presentations, and teaches students to maximize the impact and transmission of information and research results via effective data visualizations. Restriction: SPA graduate program. Meets with SPA-696 002.
SPA-096-002
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: How to Lobby Congress Staff
How to Lobby Congressional Staff (0) Most of the time, people who advocate to Congress meet with staff of the members of Congress, not the elected officials themselves. This course provides insight to help students be effective lobbyists of staff, no matter what issues matters to them, including an opportunity to practice making a presentation. Restriction: SPA graduate program. Meets with SPA-696 003.
SPA-096-003
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Harassment Law
Harassment Law, Discrimination, Public Policy and Public Administration: Zero Tolerance for Harassment in the Workplace (0) This course addresses the fundamentals of harassment law by exploring the legal definitions of hostile environment harassment, the meaning of "quid pro quo," and liability issues in harassment cases as described by the Supreme Court. Students discuss harassment based on various types, including comments, jokes, touching, e-mails, and social media, in not only sexual harassment but other forms of harassment involving race, national origin, or religion. The course reviews actual policies and procedures that can be implemented to encourage the reporting of harassment and create a zero tolerance for harassment in the workplace and society, and examines a 2016 study of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Harassment. Students gain an understanding of what the law means, as well as what they can do to reduce harassment in the workplace. Restriction: SPA graduate program. Meets with SPA-696 004.
SPA-096-004
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Telling Stories w/ IPUMS Data
Telling Stories with IPUMS Survey Data (0) This course introduces students to multiple publicly available sources of survey microdata from Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) including the decennial census, American Community Survey, Community Population Survey, and American Time Use Survey. The course surveys the questions these datasets can be used to answer, as well as the issues researchers encounter in analysis with microdata. Students gain experience performing their own analyses to tell stories about population dynamics, economic behavior, and time use. Restriction: SPA graduate program. Meets with SPA-696 005.
SPA-096-005
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Op-Eds That Change Minds
Op-Eds That Change Minds or Change the World (0) Even in an era of tweetstorms and podcasts, the guest column remains one of the best ways to get ideas to a broad audience. But writing a great 800-word column is harder than it looks. From pitching an idea and honing an angle to coming to terms with not writing your own headline, this course prepares students to pitch an op-ed that pops to major publications. Restriction: SPA graduate program. Meets with SPA-696 006.
SPA-096-001
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Causal Inference
Causal Inference (0) This course builds on the tools of statistical analysis and multiple linear regression. After quickly reviewing some basics of the ordinary least squares (OLS) estimator and hypothesis testing, the course proceeds by discussing the so-called "credibility revolution" in modern micro-econometrics and program evaluation. The course then introduces the workhorse experimental and quasi-experimental methods for estimating and identifying causal effects. Specifically, it introduces methods for identifying and estimating causal effects from experimental and non-experimental (observational) data, of both the cross-sectional and panel (longitudinal) variety. Prerequisite: PUAD 601 or PUAD 605. Restriction: SPA graduate degree program. Meets with SPA-696 001.
SPA-096-002
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: How to Start a Non-Profit
How to Start a Non-Profit (0) This hands-on workshop guides students through the process of starting a nonprofit organization in the United States. Students learn the various organizational forms social entrepreneurs can use to pursue their missions and the legal process on the state and federal levels to establish those organizations. They also learn the advantages and disadvantages of different organizational forms as well as how to manage the potential legal and strategic pitfalls that confront startup organizations. Restriction: SPA graduate degree program. Meets with SPA-696 002.
SPA-096-003
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: How to Start/Mrkt/Write a Blog
How to Start, Market, and Write a Blog (0) Blogging is a form of online publishing that has transformed the media and political landscape over the last decade. It provides individuals, publications and groups with the opportunity to influence public dialogue on the issues they care about and speak directly to their unique audiences. Many organizations, companies, and political leaders are looking for employees with blogging skills. It's a medium that requires a myriad of skills: website creation, writing, social media, marketing, and strategy. This course introduces students to all the basic skills necessary to create, design, launch, market, and write an original blog. Students create their own blog, including a number of original posts and marketing material. Restriction: SPA graduate degree program. Meets with SPA-696 003.
SPA-096-004
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Principles of GIS
Principles of Geographic Information Science (0) In this course students learn foundational skills in geographic information science (GIS) software and begin to think critically and creatively about the application of those skills. Coursework includes introductions to spatial data types and formats, coordinate systems, spatial queries and joins, geoprocessing tools, and the art and science of cartography. Students learn how to make basic maps and how to create, edit, and query spatial data, and gain an understanding of what else is possible with GIS. Restriction: SPA graduate degree program. Meets with SPA-696 004.
SPA-096-001
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Media Skills Training
Media Skills Training (0) This course uses instruction, real-life examples, one-on-one mock interviews, and feedback to learn how to best prepare for and successfully communicate in TV, radio, and print interviews. Topics include how to conduct an effective press conference; skills to effectively convey message-points and steer interviews back to those points; how to be more comfortable and confident on-camera; how to understand the targeted audience in an interview; techniques to handle negative and unexpected questions; how to craft and deliver meaningful soundbites and how to avoid some soundbite pitfalls; understanding the different strategies and techniques to use in remote interviews vs. in-person interviews; what to expect in a TV studio and understanding TV optics; and understanding different types of media and rules of the road. Students become more comfortable in front of the camera and learn how to connect effectively with any audience. They become aware of strengths and weaknesses in their delivery and develop a course of action to address any problem areas. Grading: Pass/Fail only. Restriction: SPA graduate program. Meets with SPA-696 001.
SPA-096-002
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Implementing & Evaluating RCT
Implementing and Evaluating Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) (0) This course offers a hands-on introduction to implementing and evaluating policy-relevant randomized controlled trials (RCT). Topics covered include logic modeling, institutional review board (IRB) approval, power analysis, site recruitment, implementing random assignment, evaluating implementation, and evaluating impacts. Grading: Pass/Fail only. Restriction: SPA graduate program. Meets with SPA-696 002.
SPA-096-003
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Power of Effective Presentatns
The Power of Effective Presentations (0) This course instructs students on optimal presentation techniques, including design of slides and graphics, content, organization, style, and time allocation. Grading: Pass/Fail only. Restriction: SPA graduate program. Meets with SPA-696 003.
SPA-096-004
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Policy Writing Gen Audience
Policy Writing for a General Audience (0) This course covers how to write clearly, concisely, and readably about policy and research for a broad audience of non-experts. Students learn how to write engagingly for a general audience and become familiar with different forms of communication--fact sheets, white papers, op-eds, blog posts, speeches, and "explainers"--used to communicate policy to the public. Grading: Pass/Fail only. Restriction: SPA graduate program. Meets with SPA-696 004.